Pope Francis who is the leader of the Catholic Church was warned that “World War III has been declared.”
Pope Francis said before the war started in the Ukraine he had met with a head of state who expressed his concerns that NATO was “barking at the gates of Russia,” which will lead to war.
He denied being pro-Putin and said the Russian troops are cruel and ferocious and slammed Vladimir Putin’s “monstrous” use of Chechen and Syrian mercenaries.
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He went on to say that this is the third world war in a space of a century “with all the arms trade behind it.”
Pope Francis said, “We see what is happening now in Ukraine in a certain way because it is closer to us and pricks our sensibilities more.
“But there are other countries far away – think of some parts of Africa, northern Nigeria, northern Congo – where war is ongoing and nobody cares.
“Think of Rwanda 25-years ago. Think of Myanmar and the Rohingya.
“The world is at war.
“A few years ago, it occurred to me to say that we are experiencing a third world war fought piecemeal. Today, for me, World War III has been declared.”
He added, “This is something that should give us pause for thought. What is happening to humanity that has had three world wars in a century?
“This is bad for humanity, a calamity. You have to think that in a century there have been three world wars, with all the arms trade behind it!”
He condemned the “ferocity, the cruelty of Russian troops,” and said, “we must not forget the real problems if we want them to be solved.
“It is also true that the Russians thought it would all be over in a week. But they miscalculated.
“They encountered a brave people, a people who are struggling to survive and who have a history of struggle.”
“I would really like to emphasise this point, the heroism of the Ukrainian people. What is before our eyes is a situation of world war, global interests, arms sales and geopolitical appropriation, which is martyring a heroic people.”
Prior to Putin’s invasion, the Pope had met with a head of state who expressed his concerns that NATO was “barking at the gates of Russia,” which will lead to war.
At the time Pope Francis said, “We do not see the whole drama unfolding behind this war, which was perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented.”